|Publication number||US8077080 B2|
|Application number||US 12/405,924|
|Publication date||Dec 13, 2011|
|Filing date||Mar 17, 2009|
|Priority date||Mar 17, 2009|
|Also published as||EP2230488A1, US20100241381|
|Publication number||12405924, 405924, US 8077080 B2, US 8077080B2, US-B2-8077080, US8077080 B2, US8077080B2|
|Inventors||David Y. Lam, Walter Niewiadomski, Steve Mowry, Eric Klingler|
|Original Assignee||Honeywell International Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (14), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (5), Classifications (17), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Most weather-radar precision performance is affected by the quality of the angular sensor (e.g., resolver) used to determine pointing accuracy of an antenna sensor oriented by one or more gimbals, for example, to which the antenna sensor is attached.
As a consequence of the angular sensor used and its inherent precision, or lack thereof, the reported position has a defined amount of error associated with it. High-precision angular sensors are very costly and would impact the unit cost and marketability of the radar system. Moreover, simple calibration procedures, such as using a digital protractor, have been used to define the zero position (boresight) of a single-axis or multiple-axes antenna-gimbal assembly. This is a one-point calibration approach that typically does not provide a sufficient level of calibration accuracy. As such, it would be advantageous to use lower-cost sensors, with their typically lower-precision capability, with high-precision results.
In an embodiment, a method of calibrating antenna-position detection associated with a radar system, the radar system including a first gimbal and a first angle sensor configured to detect an angular position of the first gimbal, includes mounting a second angle sensor to the first gimbal configured to detect an angular position of the first gimbal. The first gimbal is rotated through each angular position of a set of the angular positions. A first set of data is generated with the first angle sensor that characterizes a detected angular position of the first gimbal. A second set of data is generated with the second angle sensor that characterizes a detected angular position of the first gimbal. A third data set is determined comprising differences, between the first and second data sets, in detected angular position at each first-gimbal angular position. The third data set is stored in a memory device.
Preferred and alternative embodiments of the present invention are described in detail below with reference to the following drawings.
In an embodiment, to attain improved precision of a weather radar system without the added costs of high precision sensors, the lesser precision sensor is “characterized” with a higher precision sensor, the resultant data is stored onboard the radar system (e.g., in a database) and the data is used to improve the system level precision. Sensor construction and assembly in a higher-level system dictate the level of precision the sensor is capable of. These effects are typically repeatable throughout the scan region of the radar antenna. Where a repeatable error exists, a higher precision sensor would be able to measure that error throughout the scan region and the data representing such error stored for later use. In an embodiment, an encoder, of a higher precision, is used to measure the error of the resolvers used in the antenna positioner. The encoder measures error during calibration of the antenna scanning assembly to provide data that can be used onboard the radar system to compensate for the error, so as to provide onboard a true orientation of the resolvers, as measured during calibration, in relation to the erroneous orientation reported onboard by the resolvers.
An embodiment includes a method of improving position-control accuracy of a weather-radar antenna control system through calibration. An embodiment includes a calibration system, used to characterize the target system, and associated software components required to download and apply calibration data in the target system. The target system, calibration system and software components provide a method of improving system performance by compensating for deterministic position feedback error introduced by, for example, structural elements and position feedback sensors.
The approach illustrated in
The illustrated approach includes mounting high-precision angle sensors, such as optical-encoder sensors 60, 70, to end portions of the first gimbal 30 and second gimbal 40, respectively. The encoder sensors 60, 70 are configured to detect respective angular positions of the first and second gimbals 30, 40. The optical encoders 60, 70, and associated components, employed in an embodiment may include, or be similar in functionality to, the sensor system having model number L-9517-9155-02A produced by RENISHAW®. In the illustrated embodiment, a sensor-ring portion of the encoder sensors 60, 70 are mounted onto respective ones of the axes of the end portions of first and second gimbals 30, 40.
During the calibration process according to an embodiment, each of the first and second gimbals 30, 40 are rotated through a predetermined set of angular positions. As the first and second gimbals 30, 40 are rotated, first data sets are generated by the resolvers 320, 330 that characterize the detected angular position of the first and second gimbals 30, 40 at each angular position through which they are rotated. At the same time, second data sets are generated by the encoder sensors 60, 70 that characterize the detected angular position of the first and second gimbals 30, 40 at each angular position through which they are rotated.
These first and second data sets are provided to a processing device (not shown) that is configured to determine a third data set characterizing errors in the angular-position measurements provided by the resolvers 320, 330 as determined from the measurements provided by the encoder sensors 60, 70. As such, these errors may be characterized as the differences, between the first data set and second data set, in detected angular position at each angular position through which the first and second gimbals 30, 40 are rotated. As discussed in greater detail below, the third data set is subsequently stored in a memory device, such as a database 340 (
Referring now to
In operation, the database 340, after the calibration process described with reference to
While a preferred embodiment of the invention has been illustrated and described, as noted above, many changes can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the scope of the invention is not limited by the disclosure of the preferred embodiment. Instead, the invention should be determined entirely by reference to the claims that follow.
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|U.S. Classification||342/174, 342/165, 702/86|
|Cooperative Classification||G01S2007/4034, G01S7/4972, G01S2007/403, G01S13/953, G01D1/00, G01S7/4026, G01D21/00, G01D15/00|
|European Classification||G01D1/00, G01D21/00, G01S7/40A4, G01D15/00, G01S13/95B|
|Mar 17, 2009||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC., NEW JERSEY
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